117th German Doctors' Day from May 27 to 30, 2014 in Düsseldorf: Public invitation to doctors in Germany

117th German Doctors' Day from May 27 to 30, 2014 in Düsseldorf: Public invitation to doctors in Germany

Dear Colleagues,

when the German Medical Association meets from May 27th to 30th, 2014 in Düsseldorf, the health policy of the new federal government is likely to have gradually picked up speed. When it comes to quality assurance in particular, the grand coalition is accelerating. The Federal Ministry of Health has presented first draft law which, among other things, contains the legal basis for the establishment of scientific institute for quality assurance and transparency in health care. The institute is to deal scientifically with the determination and further development of the quality of care and provide the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) with the basis for decision-making for quality assurance measures. With the establishment of the institute, important preparatory work for the planned structural reform in the inpatient sector is being carried out. As reminder: According to the coalition agreement, the medical service of the health insurance should be able to carry out unannounced checks in the clinics in order to check compliance with the G-BA quality specifications. Quality data are also included in the assessment of the clinic budget, for which additions and deductions are provided for proven good or bad quality. And quality is also included as further criterion in hospital planning.

The opening event of the 117th German Medical Congress will take place in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Photo right: View into the interior of the large concert hall.

It is undisputed that we need more competition for good quality instead of price competition. However, if the system is to reward those who strive for optimal patient care, we need instruments, methods and standards for quality competition that are strictly patient-oriented, largely free of economic interests and based on the expertise of the healthcare professions. It is all the more important that the independence and scientific nature of the newly founded institute is ensured. Against this background, it is positive that external expertise is to flow into the work of the institute according to the draft bill. In order to emphasize this suggestion, the German Medical Association in Düsseldorf should also clearly articulate that the quality assurance of one's own actions has always been part of the professional self-image of the medical profession. = = "" / src alt images / 03008c31dde1a38a53222f3e465011f2.png ">

The Rhine panorama of Düsseldorf. Photos (2): Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Dear Colleagues,

when the German Medical Association meets from May 27th to 30th, 2014 in Düsseldorf, the health policy of the new federal government is likely to have gradually picked up speed. When it comes to quality assurance in particular, the grand coalition is accelerating. The Federal Ministry of Health has presented first draft law which, among other things, contains the legal basis for the establishment of scientific institute for quality assurance and transparency in health care. The institute is to deal scientifically with the determination and further development of the quality of care and provide the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) with the basis for decision-making for quality assurance measures. With the establishment of the institute, important preparatory work for the planned structural reform in the inpatient sector is being carried out. As reminder: According to the coalition agreement, the medical service of the health insurance should be able to carry out unannounced checks in the clinics in order to check compliance with the G-BA quality specifications. Quality data are also included in the assessment of the clinic budget, for which additions and deductions are provided for proven good or bad quality. And quality is also included as further criterion in hospital planning.

The opening event of the 117th German Medical Congress will take place in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Photo right: View into the interior of the large concert hall.

It is undisputed that we need more competition for good quality instead of price competition. However, if the system is to reward those who strive for optimal patient care, we need instruments, methods and standards for quality competition that are strictly patient-oriented, largely free of economic interests and based on the expertise of the healthcare professions. It is all the more important that the independence and scientific nature of the newly founded institute is ensured. Against this background, it is positive that external expertise is to flow into the work of the institute according to the draft bill. In order to emphasize this suggestion, the German Medical Association in Düsseldorf should also clearly articulate that the quality assurance of one's own actions has always been part of the professional self-image of the medical profession.

As important as it is for the Federal Government to pay more attention to the importance of quality in the healthcare system, other points, such as the future financing of the dual health insurance system and combating the shortage of skilled workers, should be on the reform agenda. The federal government must also help to reduce the investment backlog in our clinics. We need clear commitment from politicians to fundamental amendment to the medical fee schedule, and we have to pay more attention to the next generation of doctors. It is also very important that the coalition partners bury their plans for the statutory enforcement of collective bargaining in companies. Because doctor-specific collective agreements improve the working conditions for employed doctors and help ensure that curative medicine is preserved in Germany.

Photo: B. Litjes

Dear colleagues, the German Medical Association in Düsseldorf - I am convinced - will analyze the weak points in our healthcare system, articulate solutions and so on Bringing medical expertise into the political debate. This also and especially applies to the main topics of this year's Doctors' Day. Among other things, we will advise on the importance of disease prevention. The coalition wants to pass law on prevention this year. We want to get intensively involved in legislation and, among other things, ensure that doctors, as advisors and companions for their patients, are also strengthened through prevention law when it comes to health care issues. In line with this topic, the Doctors' Day will deal with the challenges of the public health service (ÖGD) in another item on the agenda. In addition to outpatient and inpatient care, the public health service as the “third pillar” of the health system with its priority tasks in the areas of prevention, population medicine and health promotion is of particular importance. Nevertheless, the ÖGD receives little attention in the political and public discussion. We want to change that in Düsseldorf and also discuss problems and perspectives of the public health service. And we will deal intensively with the care of people with pain. It is good that pain medicine has been anchored as cross-sectional subject in the medical licensing regulations and that the disease is shown as “chronic pain” in the morbidity-related risk structure compensation. However, further steps are necessary. Among other things, we need an adequate supply structure for chronically pain-sick patients in interdisciplinary and multi-professional teams.

As important as it is for the Federal Government to pay more attention to the importance of quality in the healthcare system, other points, such as the future financing of the dual health insurance system and combating the shortage of skilled workers, should be on the reform agenda. The federal government must also help to reduce the investment backlog in our clinics. We need clear commitment from politicians to fundamental amendment to the medical fee schedule, and we have to pay more attention to the next generation of doctors. It is also very important that the coalition partners bury their plans for the statutory enforcement of collective bargaining in companies. Because doctor-specific collective agreements improve the working conditions for employed doctors and help ensure that curative medicine is preserved in Germany.

Photo: B. Litjes

Dear colleagues, the German Medical Association in Düsseldorf - I am convinced - will analyze the weak points in our healthcare system, articulate solutions and so on Bringing medical expertise into the political debate. This also and especially applies to the main topics of this year's Doctors' Day. Among other things, we will advise on the importance of disease prevention. The coalition wants to pass law on prevention this year. We want to get intensively involved in legislation and, among other things, ensure that doctors, as advisors and companions for their patients, are also strengthened through prevention law when it comes to health care issues. In line with this topic, the Doctors' Day will deal with the challenges of the public health service (ÖGD) in another item on the agenda. In addition to outpatient and inpatient care, the public health service as the “third pillar” of the health system with its priority tasks in the areas of prevention, population medicine and health promotion is of particular importance. Nevertheless, the ÖGD receives little attention in the political and public discussion. We want to change that in Düsseldorf and also discuss problems and perspectives of the public health service. And we will deal intensively with the care of people with pain. It is good that pain medicine has been anchored as cross-sectional subject in the medical licensing regulations and that the disease is shown as “chronic pain” in the morbidity-related risk structure compensation. However, further steps are necessary. Among other things, we need an adequate supply structure for chronically pain-sick patients in interdisciplinary and multi-professional teams.We need to strengthen acute pain therapy in the clinics and install structured pain management in the quality management systems of the hospitals.

Dear colleagues, We have an exciting and thematically diverse doctors' day ahead of us. Nevertheless, I hope that on the sidelines of the plenary sessions you will find little time to discover Düsseldorf. Stroll through the narrow streets of Düsseldorf's old town or, after strenuous day of meetings, relax on the Rhine promenade. You will surely find relaxation and amusement at Benrath Castle with its extensive park and the museum for European garden art there.

When, in addition to the delegates and representatives of medical organizations and associations, as many doctors as possible from all regions Germany's 117th German Doctors' Day in Düsseldorf, I would be very happy.

With this in mind, best wishes and warm greeting

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Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery

President of the German Medical Association and the German Medical Association

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